I'm a second year analyst at a MF family office in a primary market. I do a fair amount of quant work, modeling, and deal sourcing but a lot of my day-to-day is operational. I handle tasks ranging from, Legal, Team Management and more outside of my normal acquisitions work. Some may not like the extraneous tasks, but this is a positive to me personally because my goal is to start a fund in the future. This broad experience is extremely valuable.
The owner/CEO told me personally at my EOY review that his plans for me are to become the COO of the company down the line, and I am held in a high regard as a rising star at the office. It is a fairly small shop, so I don't necessarily have much "competition" anyways. I work 50+ hour weeks and my salary/bonus structure seem really competitive from compensation threads I have seen.
I am pretty much a mentee of the owner ($100M man) and he has really been active in developing me. I have contact every day with him and our CFO and have a seat at the table for the big discussions and meetings.
I'd like people's thoughts based on my stated position and end game.
What would be the best move? Stay for a few years and continue to learn alongside an incredible Entrepreneur? Go get an MSRE/MRED as soon as possible? Stay and then go for the MSRE? Try to jump to a more institutional role soon? Try to work for a big Syndicator who actually takes investor money? (most relevant to my future goals)
I am not sure that the next level (Associate) would be compensated as competitively as an Associate at a more institutional spot.
I am afraid of being inside a vacuum at this family office, but I think I've got a good gig for the time being. I feel like by either going to a bigger institutional office or to grad school I have more chances to meet like-minded individuals either for funding or partnerships for my own ventures.